Boston Rockers, Street Dogs, have never held back from transmitting their raw views on a variety of topics throughout their lyricism. Having recently released their sixth studio album, ‘Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing’, their explosive Punk Rock energy engulfs the core and leads listeners into thoughtful introspection. I caught up with Lead Vocalist, Mike McColgan, to discuss the new release, how social media has changed the landscape of music, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the recent release of your sixth studio album, ‘Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing’. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around and what you learned as a band throughout.
This record was more of a team effort as opposed to our other records. Everybody stepped up and contributed. Our bass player, Johnny Rioux, also produced the record and he pushed us harder than any of us have ever been pushed. I think we all learned that the more you challenge yourself during the process the better off the record will be.
As you have been making music for nearly two decades, what are your thoughts on social media and how it has changed the landscape of the music industry?
I think things are now more immediate and you don’t have to really put in any work at all to find music because of social media. Under the old music industry model you had to hunt records and concert tickets down. Now everything is at your fingertips and that has pros and cons. To get right to it, the biggest con is so many kids will never know that feeling of being in a record store and looking through the records and finding something cool. They will never have to stand in line with fellow fans buzzing about getting tickets to a show. The biggest upside, obviously is the multitude of ways you can listen to music, get tickets etc. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. helps spread the word of shows and new music very fast. This at the earliest stages of the mediums was great and it brought people together. Now it seems like social media is so divisive and people are putting emphasis on trying to outdo each other’s lives and debating each other that in many ways social media has gone to hell in a handbag. That’s probably too extreme of an opinion, but fuck it that’s how I feel.
Any current or upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
We’re going to tour Europe in August. We will play Riot Fest in Chicago in September. We will play a few shows in Europe in November. We have our annual December Wreck The Halls concerts in Boston as well.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you have worked with to bring them to life.
I have two really great Mark Mahoney pieces on my left forearm. One is of Joe Strummer playing guitar and one is my grandmother’s Holy Spirit dove drawing from her Mass card. Mark is untouchable in skill, a salt of the earth guy, great sense of humor and he has the best needle touch in the world.
If any of our readers have never been to Boston, tell us three of your favorite restaurants that are worth checking out while in town.
Molinari’s Italian restaurant in Dorchester. Monument restaurant in Charlestown. Capo in South Boston. All three restaurants have great food, a good vibe in the air and the staff are great.
What is your perception of the current state of Punk Rock?
I think a lot of kids are pissed off like I have not seen in quite awhile. I think there are a lot of new bands emerging and there will be many more to come. Having a treasonous, charlatan, bankruptcy addicted and fraudulent in all aspects President has had that effect and that will only grow.
If you could get any tattoo right now, budget-free, from any tattoo artist in the world, what would you get tattooed and which tattoo artist would you choose?
Johannes from Holland who works at Black Stallion Tattoo in Boston would be the artist and I would get a nice St. Michael Archangel piece on my back.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you for your support and please check out our new record ‘Stand for Something or Die for Nothing’.
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